Raila Goes Ruto’s Way In Campaigning For Imran In Kibra By-election

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ODM leader Raila Odinga addressing members of the public in a past event.

Orange Democratic Movement(ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is not leaving anything to chance.

Uncommon of him, the ODM leader has embarked on a different strategy of wooing voters by holding tribal delegates meetings as campaigns near homestretch.

The strategy was first seen in Deputy President William Ruto’s camp where he welcomed members of various communities at his Karen residence to drum up support for the Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga.

On Friday, Raila held a meeting with delegates from the Kisii community, barely a week after meeting the Gikuyu community.

Raila expressed optimism that the ODM party will win the parliamentary seat with a resounding margin in the by-election slated for November 7.

“I want to tell you that we shall win. We shall carry the day. We shall have our candidate go to parliament”, he said.

The ODM leader also used the opportunity to defend his track record as Lang’ata MP by outlining his achievements as their then-legislator.

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“I initiated the slum upgrading programme. I brought onboard experts and international partners including the then head of UN-Habitat in Nairobi Ms Anna Tibaijuka and had the project launched by President Mwai Kibaki”, he said.

Moreover, Raila slammed the DP’s promise to the Kibra people saying it was untimely and unrealistic.

Delegates from the Kisii community.

“He is the Deputy President, for heaven’s sake, what was stopping him from doing all this only to wait for this time to start making empty promises to the people of Kibra?” he questioned.

The ODM leader was in the company of various Kisii leaders.

Led by Governors James Ongwae of Kisii and his Nyamira counterpart John Nyagarama the Kisii leaders the member of their community to vote in Imran.

Others present were Legislators Simba Arati (Dagoretti North), Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated Senator), Ochilo Ayacko (Migori), Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga), Fred Outa (Kisumu), George Aladwa (Makadara) ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna and a host of MCAs from Nairobi, Kisii and Nyamira Counties attended the meeting.

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